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Revivals That Run Deep

Author: Randy Hekman Date: Aug. 5, 2014

Some of us were around in the late 1960s when sex, drugs, and rebellion impacted college campuses and so many urban areas.

As the chaos grew, God’s people began to cry out to Him in desperation. The result, in the late 60s and early 70s, was a burst of spiritual revival in America, often called the “Jesus Movement.”

While some of this activity was undoubtedly more emotion than substance, God was still at work, and thousands were genuinely converted to Christ. As part of this movement, many of us college students joyously spent our spring vacations sharing our faith in places like Daytona Beach, Florida, where we saw Jesus touch many lives with His gospel.

But the spiritual awakening of that era was relatively short-lived and, in many ways, limited to personal—“me and Jesus, Jesus and me”—connections to Christ, along with the rise of new flavors of Christian music rather than a more vibrant faith that impacted all of culture.

So while many were becoming followers of Christ, culture continued its secular slide. As evidence of that, in 1969 California became the first state to officially weaken the legal status of marriage by enacting no-fault divorce, signed into law by none other than Governor Ronald Reagan.

More tragically, in 1973 the Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion for all fifty states. And our general culture, evidenced by our motion pictures, television programs, and other forms of entertainment grew even more crass, obsessed as it was with self, sex, and “stuff.”

Sadly, even much of the church of that day bought the lie that we can pursue Jesus alongside the gods of comfort, materialism, and pleasure.

What we forgot was that unless we are daily taking deliberate steps to grow in our faith in and love of God, we will spiritually drift, and our walk with Him will be shallow, impacting very little of the world around us.

Fast forward to today. American culture is even more secularized than it was in the 70s, and the church is now viewed as either irrelevant (at best) or bigoted and hateful (at worst). So what can we do?

Some Christians feel that things are so bad, our only hope is to wait and pray for Christ’s second coming. Let me be clear: I hope He comes today. But let’s face it, He may not return for many years. That date is up to the Father.

But this is no time to despair! Let us never forget Jesus’ challenge to His followers:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV).

Jesus is Lord of ALL! His followers are not to play defense, but offense! Following Him should impact everything we do, 24/7/365.

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Revival Momentum Is Growing!

Author: OneCry Team Date: June 24, 2014

Last week, we read how the newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ronnie Floyd, is calling all those associated with his large denomination to seek, through prayer and action, another Great Awakening in America.

Today, we want to highlight two other calls for extraordinary prayer for revival and spiritual awakening from ministries we partner with.

Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., has their annual Call2Fall event. As they describe it on their website, “The Call2Fall is nothing fancy. No slick program. No big production. Just setting aside a definite time during worship on June 29, 2014, when you call your people to get on their knees and faces before the Lord in repentant prayer for God to reshape our lives and renew our land.”

The other call to prayer comes from Billy Graham’s daughter, Anne Graham Lotz. She has heard the Spirit speak to her about the state of our world today.

In her words, “He has impressed on me that we are living at the end of human history as we know it…. In obedience, I am blowing the trumpet … sounding the alarm … issuing a national prayer initiative entitled7 7 7: An Urgent Call to Prayer. The Call is for God’s people to pray for each of the first seven days in the seventh month: July 1–7. Then on the 7th day, July 7, we are to pray and fast for 7 hours.”

The purpose:

  • For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world
  • For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives
  • For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening

Click here for more information about Anne’s call to prayer.

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